Inez de Vega, Video Still, Dying Not to Be, 2013

“Art is like a slow, wild psychoanalysis. You discover things about yourself and slowly dare to mention things you didn't before.”
   Christian Boltanski,The Possible Lives of Christian Boltanski, 2010

"Beneath the veneer of strength that we are expected to present to the world, most of us carry disturbing complexes of fear, guilt or shame. Unless we acknowledge these internal states, I suspect we won't be able to change them." 
Inez de Vega, Interview with Amy Marjoram, 2014



Australian artist Inez de Vega engages with performance as a way of understanding the world. Her practice is multi-faceted: she uses a variety of techniques such as storytelling, song and audience interaction to investigate art's relationship with emotion and the efficacy of performance as an act of catharsis. Creating visual tropes heavily influenced by the history of painting and cinema, Inez constructs theatrical representations of vulnerable, fallible women - who often evolve as both victims and perpetrators in the same work.

Inez is currently making work for a solo exhibition to be held in the historic mansion at the Alliance Fran├žaise de Melbourne in September 2016; as well as developing a show that will be realised at the State Library of Victoria in 2017,  depicting new and historical ideas about hysteria, female psychology, institutionalisation and the Other.

Inez holds the 2014/2015 Georges Mora Fellowship in partnership with State Library of Victoria. She has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, including at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Art Gallery of Ballarat and The Ararat Regional Art Gallery. Internationally, her work has been shown in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Chicago and China. Among her list of grants and awards, she is the recipient of an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council, the Orloff Family Scholarship, the Maude Glover Fleay Award and the Lionel Gell Scholarship. She has been a finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize, has twice been shortlisted for the Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship and was a finalist in the Wallara Scholarship. 

Inez de Vega, Video Still, When We Are Dying, 2010

Inez de Vega, Video Still, My Father The Fool, 2011

Inez de Vega, Video Still, My Father The Fool, 2011

Inez de Vega, Video Still, Suite, 2012

Inez de Vega, Video Still, My Father The Fool, 2011